Some Zinnia Plants Have Little White Lilac Like Flowers Instead of Big Bloom

seejung added on August 6, 2012 | Answered

I planted a bunch of zinnias from seed and 75% came up with 3 and 4 big beautiful dahlia-like blooms after the first big top center bloom a week or two prior. However, about 25% of the plants have shiny leaves and get a white flower that looks in texture like a tiny lilac bloom. Is this a different plant entirely or. . . . ?

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Answered on August 16, 2012

It sounds like it is a different plant entirely. Seed companies are like any other company. Sometimes their products are "defective" - no matter how good the company is. You may have gotten a seed packet that was end of a run before the machine was switched or an employee made a mistake.

If you send a picture to me I can try to identify it.

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